The Best of Bonanza, Vol. 1
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The DVDs are of good quality, and as they are licensed, contain all the scenes, all of the original music, and all of the artwork from the credits, unlike many other DVDs and VHS tapes of Bonanza episodes.
1 - Mr. Henry Comstock. The second episode filmed, this is the humorous story of the arrival and impact of Henry Comstock on the future Virginia City. Guest star Jack Carson. From season one, originally aired November 7, 1959. aka "The Henry Comstock Story"
2 - Death on Sun Mountain. Based on actual incidents, a merchant tries to corner the meat market in Virginia City by selling antelope meat to the miners for outrageous prices. When the Cartwrights begin selling cattle as an alternative, the merchant stirs up trouble with the Paiutes. Written by Gene L. Coon and David Dortort; guest star Barry Sullivan. From season one; originally aired September 19, 1959. aka "The Sun Mountain Herd"
3 - The Saga of Annie O'Toole. Based on the story of Eilley Orrum and her future husband, Sandy Bowers. In a light-hearted episode, Adam helps Annie get legal claim to one of two of Swede Lundberg's silver mines. Written by Thomas Thompson, guest stars Ida Lupino and Alan Hale. From season one; originally aired October 24, 1959.
4 - Paiute War. Based on the actual conflict between the Paiutes and the white settlers in May and June of 1860.Read more ›
Bonanza is at last available as its meant to be...Digitally-Mastered, with the original music, the burning map, the beautiful watercolor drawings of the opening and closing credits.
The various repeat airings on television since the series ended were edited by up to 10 minutes to allow for more commercial time. This DVD presents the episodes in their original form. And the excellent picture quality is no doubt better than what was seen on the then-new color TVs when the series originally aired in the 1960s.
May this Volume 1 sell enough that Republic/Artisan continue to remaster the original master prints from the series. There are many classic episodes that have never seen release on DVD or video, and were sadly edited in tv repeats...
Springtime, The Hayburner, The Wooing of Abigail Jones...just to name a few.
The original masters of the Bonanza series (at least through 1966) need to be restored and preserved on DVD.
Mr. Henry Comstock, Death on Sun Mountain, The Saga of Annie O'Toole, Paiute War, Enter Mark Twain, The Crucible, Any Friend of Walter's and Bullet for a Bride. It is one of my favorite Bonanza DVDs.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Kids loved it & I enjoyed reliving my childhood watching it again with them. Classic FAMILY show at its best.Published on March 27, 2014 by Aaron Ward
Even though this is not one of the "Official" Bonanza dvd releases, it still brought back a lot of wonderful childhood memories. Read morePublished on March 4, 2014 by Susan R.
All the episodes in this series have been very well selected, to deserve the title THE BEST OF BONANZA. Read morePublished on December 14, 2013 by Jinda2
Bonanza has always been one of my favorite westerns and its so enjoyable watching it and not having the commercials to sit through.Published on May 2, 2013 by mabel
Any friend of WALTER. iS ONE OF THE FUNNY Bonanza shown. I laugh until my side hurt. The chili screen awesome, Just for that seem . It a keeper,Published on May 22, 2011 by Richard F. Vandermeulen
The Cartwrights ride again! Very excited to see this dvd because it has some of my favorite episodes, including "The Crucible." This was TV as it should still be.Published on January 27, 2011 by B. Sowder
This 2-disk collection from Artisan/Republic contains all excellent episodes from the classic series, all from the "glory years," including my personal favorite, "The Crucible. Read morePublished on January 24, 2011 by Insightfully Sensitive
If your a Bonanza fan or know someone who is, the will enjoy this set. We gave it as a gift and the person watches it frequently.Published on June 13, 2009 by M. Lucash
Not many episodes, but at least they spring for the real theme music, unlike other Bonanza dvd's.Published on January 7, 2009 by D. Wilson
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